AGENT SPONSORED PUBLISHING
It isn’t news that book publishing is going through a revolution, a continuous one as far as we can tell. The creation of the ebook and the internet created a marketplace between authors and readers that was completely new. It also created revolutions in book marketing and promotion and publicity. As much as traditional print publishing very successfully continues with the aid of ebooks and internet marketing, there is a whole new world out there and many authors are publishing into it.
That is why we have created a new service that I have named ‘agent sponsored publishing’. It isn’t self-publishing because just as we are your partners in our traditional activities, we will continue to partner with you should you as a client use this service. How is it different, and we hope better, than self-publishing?
All of our expertise is put at your disposal in agent sponsored publishing. We provide editorial support, we provide art direction for the cover (which we commission at our expense only to be recouped from earnings), we see that the book is expertly produced and we provide marketing support to directly sell the book. We also help you market your book based on the scores, even hundreds of marketing plans we review every year and based on the nearly one thousand royalty statements we review every year. This is expertise that is rarely available to the self-published, if at all.
It’s also only the beginning. Just as our expertise in negotiating contracts and selling subsidiary rights has grown over the years, we foresee this service continuing to grow and improve as the marketplace continues its great evolution.
I’m excited about what we’ve accomplished already and even more excited about what I see unfolding.
The first books we published were a re-issue of Ian Douglas’s military SF series, WARSTRIDER, a six book series that launched his career. We commissioned new covers and negotiated a deal with Kindle that provided a strong level of support. The results have been compelling.
On September 7th we published our first original, DARK DIGITAL SKY by debut author Carac Allison. This dark suspense novel has gotten rave reviews and we are certain it heralds the launch of a major author in this genre. Check it out yourself if you want to read a compelling, scary book with an unforgettable P.I.
To further support our efforts we’ve created 4 imprints so far, so that each agent supported book will begin to benefit from being an imprint identity. They are:
WAR PLANET PRESS: military SF
WORLDBUILDERS PRESS: SF and Fantasy
CRIME PLANET PRESS: suspense and mysteries
BUTTERFLY KISSES PRESS: romance
We see the publishing world evolving into two major directions, with lots of exciting gray areas intersecting between them. The first remains traditional print publishing which we are certain will continue to thrive and provide unique opportunities for authors. Print distribution and the full suite of support that a print publisher provide will continue to be essential for authors. Just as viable will be reader direct publishing focused mainly on the ebook. Our new agent sponsored publishing is ready to pursue that opportunity with the same level of support, commitment and expertise with which we have always operated in our pursuit of opportunities in print publishing.
One final note—this service is only available to clients of the agency, it is an agency service exclusively and cannot be purchased.
Thank you, we look forward to continue to service our client list in every aspect of book publishing and continue to sign new clients who we can help achieve their publishing goals.
Copyright 2017, The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency